Essay On The Relationship Of Nora And Torvald In A Doll's House

1010 WordsNov 8, 20175 Pages
Stephen Covey once commented, “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundation principle that holds all relationships” ( ). Trust is the most important of elements needed to produce healthy relationships. Relationships thrive on love and trust, making them extremely fragile to any outside sources. This can be seen in the relationship of Nora and Torvald in A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. A Doll’s House follows the life of Nora Helmer as she breaks free from the mold society has put her, and other women, in. From the beginning, it is prominently shown to the reader that Nora’s husband, Torvald, has a lack of trust and…show more content…
She wants to find herself and be independent for once. She expresses that Torvald “[has ruined all [of her] future” (Ibsen 72), showing that she has come to resent him and all that he has done to supposedly help her. As previously explained, Nora’s feelings concerning Torvald change due to her realization of his subtle ridicules. Torvald believes Nora to be under his authority and that she should follow all of his requests. This is shown when he questions, “Nice? --because you do as your husband wishes?” (Ibsen 44). Here, it is conveyed that Torvald thinks it to be an incredulous thing for Nora to want to be subsidized for a task that should be, in his opinion, second nature to a woman. At this point, Nora does not realize how just how anti-feministic this statement is. But, as time progresses, she starts to see Torvald’s true colors. Once Torvald finds out about Nora’s borrowed bond, he rants about how stupid Nora is for borrowing money from a person like Krogstad. He calls her a “miserable creature” (Ibsen 72) and a “thoughtless woman” (Ibsen 72). To his criticisms, Nora responds with short answers, like “Yes, now I am beginning to understand thoroughly” (Ibsen 72). This retort suggests that Torvald’s berates caused a dormant feminist to sprout from the ashes that were a naive Nora. Nora now understand what how lowly she was thought of by her own husband, causing her feelings towards him to change. Many aspects
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